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Chicago Hyde Park Village

5500 S Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Date: 10/26/2020
Subject: Hyde Park Village and Hyde Parkers Announcements
From: Chicago Hyde Park Village

CHPVillage Dispatch
Weekly Edition

Dawn at Lake Michigan

Morning has broken like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird
Praise for the singing
Praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the Word

Eleanor Farjeon, lyrics from Morning Has Broken (1931)
inspired by the village of Alfriston in East Sussex
then set to a traditional Scottish Gaelic tune, Bunessan

Morning Has Broken hit the pop charts as song by
then Cat Stevens (now goes by the name Yusuf Islam),
first released in 1971
Chicago Hyde Park Village
Week of October 25 - 31, 2020 Events 
Check the CHPV News & Events Calendar for More Information: CHPV Website 
All In-Person Activities and Events are Suspended
until further notice!
Programs Offered via Zoom Sessions
Zoom it from your computer or mobile device
Email for further information and Zoom meeting ID Number
Monday, October 26
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Zoom Session CHPV Yoga for Balance with Janee Powell
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Zoom Meet-up CHPV Declutterer's Support Second and Fourth Monday
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Zoom Session CHPV & SHARE Network Caregiver Support Group
Tuesday, October 27
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Zoom Session CHPV Strength Training with Randi Kant
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Zoom Session Mindful-Meditation Group with Alice Dan, PhD
Wednesday, October 28
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Zoom Session CHPV Tai Chi Session with Brian Seeley
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Zoom Session CHPV Wednesday Drop-in | Festival of the Arts - Sheltered in Place Creativity
Join Zoom Session CHPV  Zoom Meeting ID: 240 191 593 Passcode: Lunch
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Zoom Session CHPV Yoga for Balance with Janee Powell
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Zoom! Meet-up CHPV Thursday Men's Group Meeting
Friday, October 30
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Zoom Session CHPV Exercise with Wesley Pulphus
11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Zoom Meet-up CHPV Friday Women's Group Meeting
For Zooming Assistance
Desktop and Laptop Computers, Tablets and Cell Phones
For a One-on-One Assistance Appointment | Contact the CHPV Office at 773-363-1933
or email to
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Special Announcements for October Zoom Session CHPV Wednesday Programs

Zoom Session CHPV

Wednesday Drop-in
Creativity During COVID-19

Calling All Artists and Crafters

Wednesday, October 28

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Wouldn't you like to share how you've been spending your time as you lodge in place. . . 
If you've produced new creations or refurbish old ones, share your work or collection with us at a Zoom! Session CHPV Wednesday Drop-In on October 28.

This will be similar to our past virtual Garden Tour on Zoom in July; only this one would focus on creativity arts and crafts.

You may already have a collection of your own to share, either created by yourself or someone else. This could include anything from paintings to quilts to knitted garments to tye-dyed pieces to special masks to carvings to unique crafts to ?????

Let us know what you have created and share photos of it. 

We will collect and show photos of various pieces and the creator would share from your screen to talk about the work... all on Zoom (we'll help you with set up!)

Please contact the CHPV Office (; 773-363-1933 or Susan Alitto (
Twice and twice over, as they say,
good is it to repeat and review
what is good.
– Plato
Zoom Session CHPV Wednesday Drop-in
What's Ahead | Looking Back
CHPV Drop-ins in Review
CHPV Has Exceptional and Dynamic Zoom Wednesday Drop-in Sessions during COVID-19
When You Miss a Zoom Session
CHPV Wednesday Drop-in
We Miss You!
Zoom Session Wednesday Drop-ins stated Wednesday, April 8th and have continued since. Sessions are interesting, important and timely topic discussions; each session includes robust Q&As between and amongst presenter and participants. The number of Zoom Sessions CHPVillagers range from 8 to 34.
What's Ahead* 
October 28 | Festival of the Arts - Sheltered in Place Creativity
CHPVillagers sharing their creative arts, new creations, refurbished old ones, or collections while sheltered in place.
November 11 | Care Management with Older Adults - Tools and Resources to Make Informed Decisions
Jacqueline Boyd, developed and the executive director of The Care Plan agency, will discuss care management with older adults in which expert consultants provide insightful assessment, advice and coordination across healthcare and aging systems to achieve immediate goals for you or a loved one.
November 25 | Sing Along - Believe in Yesterday
A collage of folk, rock and Motown from 60s and 70s! Andy Teitelman will sing, strum his guitar, and take requests.
December 9 | Poetry Appreciation - Winter Afternoon Delight
Katherine Litwin, Library Director and Exhibitions Co-curator of the Poetry Foundation, provides us an overview of the Poetry Foundation, leads a participative discussion with poems, and a gives us virtual tour of the Poetry Foundation.
December 16 | In Conversation with Sara Paretsky - Mysteries and Social Issues
Sara Paretsky, an American author of detective fiction, best known for her novels focused on the female protagonist V I Warshawski, discusses the V T Detective motif and her latest book Dead End.
*Session topic and presenter subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances
Looking Back
Note: CHPV Members receive an email link to the Zoom recordings after the programs to watch for the first time or watch again. They are also posted on the CHPV website under Member Resources. No time limit for viewing.
October 14 | Safety and Security in Hyde Park - The UChicago Police Department
Deputy Chief Nance discusses its mission and work of providing a safe environment for those who live, learn, and work in our community; the interface and coordination with the Chicago Police Department. Discussion includes safety tips on/for the sidewalks and streets of Hyde Park.
September 23 | Upcoming Elections and Voting Be Informed
Betsy Rubin, MA, Acting Co-Leader, Indivisible Chicago-South Side, points out the facts, issues, information, resources and getting out the vote for the upcoming Presidential Election 2020.
September 9 | Medical Alert Systems – What are they? Do I need one? How do I choose one?
Dr Richard Caro, Co-founder to Tech-enhanced Life, discusses the basics of what a medical alert system is, types of alert systems, how these system work, and important considerations for selecting a medical alert system.
Wow. A record number of participants counted at 54; some 34 individuals from the various Chicago Area Villages and the Center for Life and Learning at Fourth Presbyterian Church joined this Zoom.)
 August 26 | Photography Outside Art In and Around Hyde Park
Spencer Bibbs, freelance photographer on the south side of Chicago has been professionally shooting for eight years. 
South Side Aging Resource Guide
Older Adults, Caregivers, Providers and Aging Specialists
New Resource
COVID-19 Recourses
Online Navigational Resource Guide COVID-19 RESOURCES | SHARE Network
Request Free Print Copy
Contact the SHARE Network at:
(773) 702-9638 or email to
SHARE Network has worked with the Center for Disability and Elder Law. Legal assistance consists of assisting with completing end-of-life planning documents, including wills, transfer of death instruments, and powers of attorney.
For more information regarding services, qualifications and information, go to CDELaw
Link to Free COVID-19 Testing Locations in Chicago
Link to Transportation

These resources offer various options for getting around for seniors in Chicago; check with each to find the transportation solution that best fits your needs. However, many of these services have specific requirements and limitations, so be sure to research them before using.


Caregiver Support Group | Virtual
Last Monday of the Month
October 6
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Discover Caregiving Relationships
Thursdays, October 8 - November 12
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Webinar Series
University of Illinois, Extension
Caring for a dependent adult is much like riding a roller coaster. At times you are at the top experiencing the rewards that come from caring for another person, and at other times you may feel like you are plunging down a long hill. Caregivers may also feel as though they are alone in their journey, but they are far from it.  There are over 34 million people in the U.S. caring for someone over the age of 50. Discover Caregiving Relationships Webinar Series is designed for these caregivers, to help address the many issues and challenges that they face in their current role.  Topics like changing relationships, effective communication techniques, difficult emotions and losses, caregiver self-care and eldercare services will be covered in this six-part series.

Annual Seminar

Don’t Fall in Love with Your MEDICARE D Plan

Thursday, October 29

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.


Esther Craven, Resource Coordinator at CJE SeniorLife, and Kate Paz, Director of Programs at Without Walls at Mather Lifeways, will give a timely presentation on what's new with Medicare, and your options during Medicare Part D Open Enrollment. Following the talk, you can ask Esther and Kate questions through the Chat, and you will have the opportunity to sign up for a free consultation. Esther or Kate, are SHIP trained volunteers and can assist you in selecting the prescription plan that best meets your needs. 

This year's program is on Zoom.
Click here to register

Hosted by Skyline Village Chicago
and the Center for Life and Learning

at Fourth Presbyterian Church

Hyde Park Historical Society
Recruiting New HPHS Board Members
Election of Officers & Board Members for two-year term 2021 & 2022 to be held on Tuesday, December 22
Slate of Officers & Board Members to be submitted at the meeting on Tuesday, November 17
Questions and Submissions send to Janice A Knox, HPHS Vice-President & Chair Nominating Committee at Vice President & Chair Nominating Committee | HPHS
Save the Date | Look Forward To
Hyde Park Book Club
Monday, November 16 | Virtual
Author and grandson of Julius Rosenwald, Peter Ascoli, will discuss his biography of his grandfather: Julius Rosenwald: The Man Who Built Sears, Roebuck and Advanced the Cause of Black Education in the American South.  Also, there will be a discussion of the proposed Julius Rosenwald and Rosenwald Schools National Historical Park.
Arbor West Neighbors Events
Community Connect
Oak Park
Sunday, October 25
1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Oak Park Public Library, Virtual Writers’ Word Feast; Bring your words and words yet to be written to this writers’ group for writers of all types and genre. To register and for zoom link, click here. Register Now Free | Zoom

Monday, October 26
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

19th Century Charitable Association, Nocturnes: A Science and Symphony Film: Dr. Salgado will talk about the creative process behind Nocturnes, his latest film with music by Claude Debussy. Register here for webinar. $15 donation suggested for non-members. Register Now Donation | Zoom Film 

Tuesday, October 27
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Levy Senior Center Foundation Presents: From Miniskirt to Hijab: A Discussion. Jacqueline Saper will talk about her comfortable childhood in Iran, which ended in an uprising of social clashes in 1978. In 1979, a revolution: the Shah was exiled and Ayatollah Khomeini returned. Iran was now an Islamic theocracy. You will hear about life before and after the revolution. For more information, to register and for zoom link, click hereRegister Now Free | Zoomb

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Oak Park Public Library, Virtual: Adult Improv; Looking for a way to let your inner comedian run free? Want to improve your quick-learning skills? Register here for zoom link.

Wednesday, October 28
 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Marc Blesoff and “Aging in the Age of Pandemic” A weekly safe drop-in space for seniors. Join via zoom here. Register Now Free - Aging in the Age of Pandemic | Zoom

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

The Anti-Racist Book Group. A new collaboration between Oak Park Public Library and Austin Branch of Chicago Public Library. The first meeting will discuss Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot, by Mikki Kendall. For more information and to register for zoom link click here. Register Now Free | Zoom 

Thursday, October 29

10:00 - 11:30 p.m.

RTA Group Transit Orientation Presentation, Aging Care Connections, LaGrange: RTA Mobility Outreach Coordinators will talk about trip planning, accessibility on the CTA, Pace and Metra, local options and RTA’s Travel Training, Reduced Fare, and Ride Free Program. Join program via zoom here. Password awn123 (Meeting ID: 821 3749 2054)

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Famous Haunted Locations, Brookdale, Oak Park, Presenter: Historian Tim Wilsey; You will visit some of the most haunted locations in Chicagoland, including the Oak Park House where gangster Sam Giancana was killed. Call Patrick Carroll at Brookdale to register for this virtual and/or call-in event. 708-383-1111. 
6:30 -9:00 p.m.

Nineteenth Century Charitable Association, Mind Boggle Presents: Domestic Violence Awareness; Aileen Bhandari from the Cook County States Attorney Office will give a presentation on the Cycle of Domestic Violence. To register for this virtual event click here. Register Now Free | Zoom

Sunday, November 1

1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Oak Park Public Library, Virtual Writers’ Word Feast; Bring your words and words yet to be written to this writers’ group for writers of all types and genre. To register and for zoom link, click here. Register Now Free | Zoom

Garfield Park Conservatory and the One Earth Film Festival present “UseLess”, A documentary about food and fashion waste. For more information and to register, click here.Register Now Free | Zoom

See Videos and article from Chicago Beyond, here; an organization that was created to deal with the inequities that are pervasive in Chicago’s Communities. Chicago Beyond 
Women Over 70: Aging Reimagined Podcast | Interview with Dr. Lydia Manning Free | Concordia University

LeverAGE, the newest podcast from the American Society on Aging (ASA) is about the politics of aging. Listen here | Voting in America 55 Years After the Voting Rights Act – Featuring NAACP’s Hilary O. Shelton | Buzz Sprout 


Race Forward presents Facing Race: Stories and Voices Podcast click here FACING RACE: STORIES & VOICES | Race Forward

Listen to the Code Switch podcast here for Fearless Conversations about Race. Listen Now Free | NPR Podcasts 


Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast features movement voices, stories, and strategies for racial justice. Click here and scroll down to the middle of the page to listen to podcasts | MOMENTUM: A RACE FORWARD PODCAST | Race Forward


Scene on Radio is a Peabody-nominated broadcast that dives deeply into issues central to American society, exploring who we were and who we are. Click here to listen to podcasts. | Scene on Radio Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

Get your weekly dose of Inspiration from the Good Life Project Podcast; listen to Jonathan Fields’ interview many inspirational people Click here to choose one of his many inspirational interviews. | Dose of Inspiration | Good Life Project

Coping and Connection in the time of Covid-19
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Coping and Connection in the time of Covid-19, Rush Generations. Facilitated by a social worker to help and guide individuals with any questions or concerns related to the pandemic; Call-in information: 312-535-8110 and enter Access Code: 928 919 117.

Take Charge of Your Diabetes | Virtual Workshop

Fridays, October 2 - November 6
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

This is a free workshop for people with type 2 diabetes. It will help you build skills and gain confidence in managing your health and leading an active, fulfilling life. Take Charge of Your Diabetes has been identified by the American Diabetes Association for providing high-quality Diabetes Support* programming. This FREE 6 week workshop will cover:
• Coping with fatigue, frustration, pain and isolation

• Exercising to improve strength, flexibility and endurance
• Communicating with family, friends, and health professionals
• Using medications and practicing good nutrition
• Monitoring and managing low blood sugar
• Goal setting and problem solving
To register or for more information, call 800-757-0202 or email at Register Now Free | Rush Generations

Take Charge of Your Health | Virtual Workshop
Mondays, October 19 - November 23
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Learn how to build skills and gain confidence in managing your health and leading an active, fulfilling life. This FREE 6 week workshop will cover:
• Coping with fatigue, pain, and isolation
• Communicating with family, friends, and health professionals
• Practicing good nutrition • Evaluating new treatment options
• Goal setting and problem solving Registration is required and necessary to obtain information on how to access the workshop.
Call 800-757-0202 to register. 

In-person Classes and At-home Adult Clay Classes

Fall Session 1 | September 14 - October 25
Classes are Contribute What You Can!

Because of this extraordinary time, we know that many of you may not be in a position to pay tuition, and many others of you may be able to pitch in a little more to make it possible for the Art Center and our teaching artists to weather this storm. Therefore, instead of having a required tuition price, students and families will be asked to contribute what you can.

Our virtual doors are open to everyone.

Adult Education Classes, go to Register | Hyde Park Art Center

For Registration Questions

Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero, Registrar • 773.324.5520 x 1000

 Artist Run Chicago 2.0
Thursdays in October
Chuquimarca Presents Tanda via Zoom

Thursday, October 29
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Join Chuquimarca for a virtual Tanda! Tanda is Chuquimarca’s experimental program that aims to motivate self-directed and collective learning by structuring a short term club that aids artists and makers with personal practice through collective knowledge building. Chuquimarca, also known as Chuquimarca Projects, is a library project space focused on the Native, Mexican, Caribbean, and Central and South American contemporary art and culture discourse in Chicago. More information about  About Tanda

Poetry is the liquid that can
run through stone.
– Adrienne Rich

Poppies in October

Even the sun-clouds this morning cannot manage such skirts.
Nor the woman in the ambulance
Whose red heart blooms through her coat so astoundingly —

A gift, a love gift
Utterly unasked for
By a sky

Palely and flamily
Igniting its carbon monoxides, by eyes
Dulled to a halt under bowlers.

O my God, what am I
That these late mouths should cry open
In a forest of frost, in a dawn of cornflowers.

 —Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath, an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer; is credited with advancing the genre of confessional poetry.
In and Around Hyde Park

Healthy Chicago 2025

Healthy Chicago 2025 is Chicago’s five-year community health improvement plan that focuses on racial and health equity to meet our goal of reducing the Black-white life expectancy gap. To watch the Healthy Chicago 2025 launch event, visit here.

The Chicago Department of Public Health’s commitment:

  • To close the racial life expectancy gap, people affected by inequities must have power to decide how we measure and monitor our city’s progress.
  • Share resources, credit, results and knowledge as we identify community needs and assets, conduct research and analyze data.
Healthy Chicago 2025, launched on September 17, 2020, reflects the work of hundreds of community members and organizations to assess the current status of our communities and organizations and develop approaches to strengthen neighborhood vitality and system coordination.
Woodlawn Community
Virtual Town Hall
Friday, October 29
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Sharing plans to relocate and expand their flagship and largest health center to the heart of Woodlawn.
 Open House Chicago 2020 through Sunday, November 1!

The March: A Groundbreaking Virtual Exhibit

Introducing the Senior
Support Service
Instacart’s new Senior Support Service is now available to help customers who are 60+ use online grocery delivery and stay safe during the pandemic. In the past month alone, we've brought more than 60,000 seniors online, and with the new service, helped them learn how to safely and efficiently use grocery delivery.
Call the Senior Support Service
at 1-844-981-3433
  • Setting up an Instacart account
  • Filling their virtual cart & placing their first order
  • Learning how to use key features like setting replacements & chatting with their shopper
  • Troubleshooting issues & questions about existing orders
  • Setting up an Instacart account

CHPV Announcements and Information Team
Terrill L Stumpf – Content
Barbara R Norrish – Design
Michelle Dassinger – Advisor
Susan Alitto – Advisor
Comments and Inputs Welcome – submit to
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CHPVillage Dispatch
Weekly Edition

CHPVillage Bulletin Board
Curated by
Terrill L Stumpf
Volunteer on the CHPV Program Planning Committee
CHPV Member
Content reflects the musings, findings and selections
of the Curator 
The Coronavirus Era
Thoughts for the Week


Is it not clear by now that wars and the arms race cannot solve today's global problems? War is a sign of defeat, a failure of politics. The overriding goal must be human security: providing food, water and a clean environment and caring for people's health.
—Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the Soviet Union
on what the world should look like post-pandemic
(Time, April 2020)
And I'm so glad that someone like John Lewis was able to experience this and see this before he passed away, because oftentimes we don't get to actually witness the fruits of our labor. they may materialize, but it may me 50 years later, it may be 100 years later. But I've always emphasized that we have to do the work as if change were possible and as if this change were to happen sooner rather than later. It may not; we may not get to witness it. But if we don't do the work, no one will ever witness it.
—Angela Davis, an American political activist, philosopher,
academic, author and professor emerita
at the University of California, Santa Cruz
on lessons gleaned from the segregation struggle
(Vanity Fair, September 2020)
Collateral Disruption
Word Pronunciations | Tongue Twisters


Watch out for meat and great and threat

They rhyme with suite and straight and debt.

A moth is not a moth in mother,

Nor both in bother, broth in brother


And here is not a match for there

And dear and fear for bear and pear

And then there’s dose and rose and lose–

Just look them up–and goose and choose,


And do and go, then thwart and cart.
Come, come, I’ve hardly made a start!
A dreadful language?
Man alive! I’d mastered it when I was five. 
The Election Season
Voting by Mail in Chicago
Everything You Need to Know

8 Days 'til Election Day
Tuesday, November 3
Your Vote Counts



Voting is civic hygieneboth essential and insufficient. Voting alone has never been enough to protect anything—least of all the vote itself. Thus from the vantage of America's own record, the question is not will the protesters get out and vote, it's will the voters continue to protest? How many Navy veterans will give an are to force their country to keep its word? When will the wall of moms be breached? How many Heather Heyers can a privileged class take? I would like to think it is different this time, and indeed there is math that says so. ...[the] hope is that such a world is in the offing.
 —Ta-Nehisi Coates
Ta-Nehisi Coates, an American author and journalist gained a wide readership during his time as national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he wrote about cultural, social, and political issues, particularly regarding African Americans and white supremacy.
Ta-Nehisi Coates' Editors Letter, Vanity Fair, September 2020 THE PYROMANCER'S DREAM | Vanity Fair
Key Dates to Note
September 24  Election Board begins to send out Vote by Mail ballots
Note: I received emails stating that my Vote by Mail Ballot request received, mailed out, and today, an email telling me that my Vote by Mail has not been returned. Big Sister/Brother is Watching
September 24  Early Voting & Registration opens at the Loop SuperSite
October 14  Early Voting & Registration opens in all 50 wards
October 18  Last day for online voter registration
October 29  Last day to apply for Vote By Mail ballot Don't wait this long, it's too late!
November 3  Election Day (6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
Important to Note
  • One thing voters should not do with their mail-in ballots is take them to their polling place on Election Day.

  •  If they plan to vote in person, you can surrender your mail ballot at the polling place and then will be given a ballot to vote in person.
– Matt Dietrich, Public Information Officer, Illinois State Board of Elections

The Election Season | What to Know and Be Prepared
Find information about the judges on the ballot? Look here: Vote for Judges | Website
The Election Season | Watch or for the First Time or Again
What is your voting plan?!
Zoom Session CHPV
Wednesday Drop-in
Upcoming Elections and Voting
Be Informed
Betsy Rubin, MA, Acting Co-Leader, Indivisible Chicago-South Side, offered a very informative program on voting - how to vote, how to be sure your vote is counted & how to get involved.
All of the resources Betsy created and a recording of the program are available on our website,, under the New & Events tab or by clicking HERE.
These documents are publicly available. Please share them and/or direct interested persons to our website. 
For more information about Indivisible, the organization Betsy works with, click HERE.

Reporting from the (Virtual) Trail: A Campaign Check-in
Institute of Politics UChicago

 Have you heard there’s an election? What about a pandemic and an economic crisis? With less than one month to go until Election Day – and early voting starting by October in many states – there’s no shortage of stories for voters to track. And that’s not even considering an October surprise.

So which segments of the electorate should we be watching as Americans cast their ballots? What issues will likely determine the election’s outcome? What are the polls indicating, and are those numbers even a reliable guidepost?


Don't Even Consider It | Vote Twice

In a moment that left many people scratching their heads, Attorney General William Barr did not seem too sure about whether voting once by mail and a second time in person is illegal when asked about it during a Wednesday interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. Luckily, US House of Representatives Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) was there to help.


The Attorney General of the United States is ignorant of basic voting laws.
So today I sent Bill Barr an official
one-sentence letter to educate him.

— Ted Lieu, Member US Congress
Trump Calls for Poll Watchers
What You Need to Know
Poll Watchers are not Poll Workers
You Can Do the Following
  • Notify the Poll's Judge of Elections*
  • Notify the Poll's Election Coordinator*
  • Call the Chicago Police Department or the UChicago Police Department
  • Call the Chicago Board of Elections at 312-269-7900
  • Call the Election Day Hotline at 312-269-7870
*Poll Workers Inside the Polling Site
The 2020 Election
David Axelrod and Mike Murphy
Chicago Humanities Festival
Tuesday, October 27
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
What Just Happened?
Friday, November 6
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Live Stream

Mary Ann Ahern & Carol Marin

Political Reporters for NBC Chicago

Three Days After the Election

Mary Ann Ahern and Carol Marin, distinguished guests and Chicago journalists, will share their insights, wisdom and journalistic experience on the events surrounding the November 3rd Presidential Election. 

The title What Just Happened? might become What Is Still Happening? depending on when the results from the election are settled. Either way, Carol Marin and Mary Ann Ahern will provide a conversation not to be missed! 

And as many of you know, Carol Marin plans to step down from television which makes this First Friday appearance and presentation even more special. This could be her last recorded Q&A with side kick Mary Ann Ahern, so please plan on tuning in on November 6th. 

We wish you well Carol, in all your future adventures.

Thank you for giving so much of yourself to First Friday over the years!


A Live Webinar

  • Free Event
  • Registration Required
  • Submit a Question at Registration
  • Virtual Program Begins at 12:00 p.m.
  • Registration Confirmation Email Includes Video Link
Conspiracy Theories
Mistakes to Avoid
During COVID-19

Here's What to Know


Misinformation | Disinformation
The First Amendment in the age of disinformation. | The NY Times 
Don't Even Think of ItVote Twice
Contact Tracing Scams
How To Tell A Real COVID-19 Contact Tracer's Call From A Scammer's | WBEZ NPR
COVID-19 contact tracing text message scams | FTC 
Contact Tracing Scams Emerge as Latest Trick in Covid-Fraud Book | Bloomberg Law
Scam Alert Updates
Visit Fraud Watch Network | AARP Money
or call AARP Fraud Helpline:

What to Do If You Are Attacked
  • Obtain as much identification information as possible (car, license plate, descriptions)
  • Notify the Chicago Police Department or the UChicago Police Department
  • If your struck in the head and/or your eye(s), seek medical evaluation and treatment (possible eye damage and/or a closed head injury)
  • Be alert/aware of your surroundings and any unusual driving and cars as you are on the street
Stay Safe

UChicago Community Alert Memo

From:     Eric M. Heath
              Associate Vice President for Safety & Security

              Michele Rasmussen
              Dean of Students in the University

Date:     October 12, 2020

Subject: Community Concern Regarding Paintball Incidents


We are writing to share that in the past several days, the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) has received 8 reports of individuals in vehicles shooting paintballs guns at pedestrians. They appear to be part of a pattern of paintball incidents reported in other parts of Chicago and suburbs in recent weeks. While these incidents typically have not caused serious injury, they pose a community hazard and we take them seriously.

Several of the incidents reported to the University have occurred on campus while most have occurred off campus. The incidents have occurred in both daylight and evening hours and have impacted members of the University community as well as people with no University affiliation.  Victims have described several vehicles involved in the incidents, including a silver or white sedan, a red or maroon Mercedes, and a dark or black sedan.

If you witness a similar incident or other concerning activity, please report it to UCPD immediately. UCPD Detectives are reviewing video records in order to assist in the identification of the vehicles, and UCPD is conducting directed patrols as a result of these incidents.

Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. Familiarize yourself with the location of the University’s emergency phones. If you see suspicious activity, please report it immediately to police by activating an emergency phone, by calling the UCPD or using the UChicago Safe mobile safety app.  Visit the Department of Safety & Security’s website for more information about safety and security at the University of Chicago.


As an individual, you could be part of the solution or part of the problem.
A risk for you is not just isolated to you.
Because if you get infected, you are part, innocently or inadvertently,
of propagating the dynamic process of the pandemic.
The chances are that if you get infected, you’re going to infect someone else.

– Dr Anthony Fauci, MD, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
White House Coronavirus Task Force, Friday, June 26, 2020
There's precious little freedom in the sick ward and less still in the graveyard....
Ask someone tethered to a ventilator how free she is....
Perpetuating the pandemic limits the scope of everyone's individual autonomy.
That's why, in many places today, the true face of freedom wears a mask.
– Kwame Anthony Appiah, public philosopher, cultural theorist, and novelist 
on people who claim that wearing a mask
restricts their freedom (Wall Street Journal, August 6, 2020)
COVID-19, SARS-COV-2 and the Pandemic
Tuesdays, September 1 - December 8
10:30 a.m.
MIT Biology
All MIT students and the general public are welcome to join Professors Richard Young and Facundo Batista as they discuss the science of the pandemic during this new class. Special guest speakers include: Anthony Fauci, David Baltimore, Britt Glaunsinger, Bruce Walker, Eric Lander, Michel Nussenzweig, Akiko Iwasaki, Arlene Sharpe, Kizzmekia Corbett, and others. 

In COVID-19 Time | 2020 Flu Shot
Ever More Necessary
The Biology of Aging and Our Body's Readiness for COVID-19 Vaccines
October 27
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Webinar
As the world waits anxiously for a vaccine that will protect against the novel coronavirus, questions remain about the mechanisms and effectiveness of anticipated vaccines, especially for older adults. To understand the potential of COVID-19 vaccines for older adults, we must first understand how the immune system ages and how this impacts vaccine effectiveness. This free, one-hour webinar will explore: · Why the immune system is key to vaccine effectiveness · What we know about how the human immune system ages · How has a geroscience-perspective advanced our understanding of the aging immune system · What we have learned (and have not learned) about the immune system and aging from animal models in the lab and human trials · What our understanding of shingles, flu and pneumonia vaccines tells us about challenges for COVID-19 vaccines.

MEDICARE Open Enrollment
October 15 - December 7
MEDICARE health and drug plans can make changes each year — things like cost, coverage, and what providers and pharmacies are in their networks. October 15 to December 7 is when all people with MEDICARE can change their MEDICARE health plans and prescription drug coverage for the following year to better meet their needs.
FALL Medicare 101 Educational Webinar: Understanding Medicare and the Choices You Need to Make
October - November, Optional Dates
 Join for a free educational Medicare 101 webinar hosted by Advocate Aurora Health.

Learn more about your Medicare options & how to keep your doctors.

These webinars are for educational purposes only. No specific plan information will be discussed.
Please select a webinar date most convenient for you.

Future webinar dates will be added soon. Please go to: Added Dates | Advocate MEDICARE for further details.
Information. Questions? email at ASC-AdvocateMEDICARE

Just. Go. Get. The. Damn. Mammogram.
– Molly Ivins
American newspaper columnist, author,
political commentator, and humorist
Died from Breast Cancer in 2007

The WISDOM Project and Surviving Breast Cancer

 The current medical guidance is that women should get an annual mammogram after age 40. In fact, many women under age 40 find lumps that are found to be cancerous. A study is currently comparing whether that general guidance should be applied to all women.

Join Dr Doriane Miller, MD and guests as they discuss the WISDOM Project and surviving breast cancer. Funmi Olopade, MD, FACP Walter L Palmer Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics Director Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics and Global Health, UChicago Medicine; Ontisar Freelain Breast Cancer Survivor, Beyond A Mammogram Campaign.

Breast Cancer Awareness Workshop | UChicago Medicine
Anxiety, Stress, Grief, Depression, Fatigue




National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - Helpline for Mental Health Support
The NAMI Helpline is a way to reach out for mental health support and resources. Please don’t hesitate to call 800-950-NAMI (6264) or email info@nami.orgif you or someone you know needs support and guidance in this moment. If you or a loved one is having thoughts of suicide call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


Music to Be Lifted Up

Kitarō, born Masanori Takahashi, is a Japanese recording artist, composer, record producer, and arranger noted for his electronic-instrumental music, and is often associated with and regarded as one of the most prominent musical acts of new-age music.

Rockefeller Chapel
Spiritual LIfe Virtual Programs
Come be in community with others from UChicago in silence, in spiritual practice, in study, and in fun! The Spiritual Life office is offering a variety of programs to provide community connections. Go to: Online LIVE Programs | Rockefeller Chapel


For all of us broken hearted people out there
Let's not give up on ourselves
Yes, the darkness came to take away out light
But the sun will return to cast away dark shadows that's lingering overhead.
– Chris


The past is already gone,
the future is not yet here.
There’s only one moment for you to live.
– The Buddha
October 27 and 28
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Join AARP to learn the basics of MEDICARE, the choices you need to make, and all the resources you will need. Join Free | AARP MEDICARE 
Every Day Brings an Opportunity
to Connect
AARP Illinois has an exciting lineup
of virtual events planned
for this year!
Information and Registration
African American History Museum Virtual Tour
An African American LIfe in Central Illinois – Past and Present
A virtual tour of eight exhibits at the African American History Museum Platform | FacebookRegister Now Free | AARP
Bronzeville Art District Virtual Trolley Tour
3rd Fridays (November 20 and December 18)
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
The 14th Annual Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour, offered virtually, stops at several spectacular art spaces in Chicago's historic Bronzeville neighborhood. Join Free | Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour EventBrite
AARP Coronavirus Tele-Town Halls

AARP began holding tele-halls in March, as an opportunity to hear directly from top health experts about the critical issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic and how to protect you. The most recent tele-hall, October 1 was Coronavirus: Vaccines & Coping During the Pandemic. For a schedule of upcoming tele-town halls, including who will appear as questions and instructions on how to participate or tune in, go to Tele-Town Halls | AARP Health. Find past events there to listen to or watch for the first time or again.



Subscribe to AARP’s Livable Communities online Newsletter here. Subscribe Free Livable Communities eNewsletter | AARP 
Learn what a livable community is and how and why AARP is working with leaders nationwide to make communities more livable for all ages. AARP We need social connections to thrive. See how connected you are connect2affect | AARP Foundation

I Learned How Podcast from AARP. What’s next for one person is not what’s next for another person; whether it is switching careers, taking care of a loved one or learning how to use technology. Choose from various topics here. I Learned How Podcasts | AARP SoundCloud



AARP Smart Driving Course | Online
Refresh your driving skills and you could save on auto insurance.

When you take the AARP Smart Driver™ online course, you could be eligible for a multi-year discount on your auto insurance.* Plus safer driving can save you more than just money. The course teaches proven driving techniques to help keep you and your loved ones safe on the road. Register and Pay Fee | AARP Driver Safety 

In a Few Words


We make up horrors to help us
cope with the real ones.

— Stephen King


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